Medical Cannabis Recommendation Letter Information

Updated 3/30/2020

Providers: In order to find out more about individual pharmacies’ procedures, you may reach out to the currently-opened pharmacies here.


Qualifying patients who do not have a medical cannabis card but have a “recommendation letter” from their medical provider may purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy until December 31, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, a patient must obtain a medical cannabis card from the Utah Department of Health in order to purchase medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy. 

To qualify to purchase medical cannabis with a recommendation letter, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Present a recommendation letter to the medical cannabis pharmacy from a medical professional who is a Utah-licensed medical doctor (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or physician assistant (PA) that confirms that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.[1]
  2. The medical cannabis pharmacy must receive independent confirmation from the Utah-licensed medical professional or an employee of the medical professional that your recommendation letter is valid.[2] A medical cannabis pharmacy cannot sell medical cannabis to anyone with a recommendation letter unless they first receive independent confirmation of the letter.
  3. Present a valid form of photo identification to the medical cannabis pharmacy which is a state-issued photo identification such as a driver license, a United States passport, a United States passport card, or a United States military identification card.

To expedite the medical cannabis pharmacy’s independent confirmation of your recommendation letter, you should visit the website of a medical cannabis pharmacy and see if you can pre-register online. If a patient does not pre-register their recommendation letter with the pharmacy, they may present their recommendation letter in person when they arrive at the pharmacy but they cannot purchase product until the pharmacy receives independent confirmation of the letter.

A patient who purchases medical cannabis from a medical cannabis pharmacy using a recommendation letter may not purchase medical cannabis from a different medical cannabis pharmacy until they obtain a medical cannabis card from the Utah Department of Health.


[1] See Utah Code 26-61a-104 for a list of qualifying conditions.

[2] Utah Code 26-61a-502 (10)(a)(ii)

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